2010 Ch Branaire-Ducru “Wow”- Decanter

Château Branaire-Ducru, St Julien 2010 – newly reviewed by Decanter
94 pts. – Decanter
“Wow, this is still knitted in, hunkered down, you feel the tannic frame, cradling the intense fruit that majors on spiced damsons and blackcurrants. What a vintage, and still really nowhere near being ready. I would suggest drinking the 2011 right now if you want a younger Branaire, this needs another five or six years. But there is liquorice, slate, cigar smoke, still pretty austere today, not generous, and yet full of life and edges. Drink 2021-2045.”- Jane Anson, Decanter 12/13/18
94 pts. – Wine Advocate
“This wine is more backward than I would have normally expected, but nevertheless, it is very impressive. The 2010 Branaire-Ducru displays an inky bluish purple color and loads of mulberry, raspberry, black currant, graphite and floral notes in its intense aromatics. Medium to full-bodied , with sensational ripeness, purity, texture and length, the tannins are slightly more prominent than I remember from barrel, but they are sweet and ripe (as opposed to astringent and bitter). This beautiful wine needs 4-6 years of cellaring and should keep 25-30 years. Drink 2017-2047.” – R. Parker, Wine Advocate, 2/27/13